Artist: Thornton, I.
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of the lake of Buttermere in Cumbria, Northern England. William Gilpin visited the lakes in 1786 and he recorded his journey in his book ‘Observations on Cumberland and Westmoreland’. He describes Buttermere and its surrounding landscape thus, “With this rocky scenery much hilly ground is intermixed. Patches of meadow also, here and there, on the banks of the lake, improve the variety. Nothing is wanting but a little more wood, to make the lake, and the vale in which it lies, a very inchanting scene; or rather a succession of inchanting scenes…”.